Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lemon Lime Pound Cake

It's definitely spring time around here.  The temperature is ideal.  I took my winter coat to the dry cleaners today, so winter had better be over.

I went to a Nationals baseball game yesterday.  I have only been to a handful of professional baseball games in my life, and I'm not sure what I think of the game.  There was only one point scored yesterday.

It would be an understatement to say the game was slow.  My favorite part is eating food (of course) and talking to people.  The atmosphere is fun, but I pay little attention to the game.  There were a few times last night I was unsure what inning we were in.

In celebration of spring, I made a lemon lime pound cake.  I got the recipe from the Pioneer Woman.  It is interesting because it has no leavening agent and uses lemon lime soda.  It was was dense, rich, and toothsome.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Happy Easter!  Nothing says Easter like Chinese food, right?  It isn't any weirder to eat Chinese food at Easter than to have a giant bunny hide chicken eggs.  

This morning I woke up at 6am to go to an early morning Easter service at the National Cathedral.  The service started at 8, but the metro doesn't start working on the weekends until 7:10 or 7:15.  I ended up walking.  

This was in addition to my own church service at 11am.  I am exhausted and have attended a little too much church for one day.  I'm probably going to fall asleep today around 9 and not wake up until the morning.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Carrot, Pineapple and Coconut Salad

Today I saw the second ballet of my life.  It was Don Quixote.  I have never read the book and was only partially familiar with the story.  It's impressive how much the dancers can convey without words. I prefer plays, but ballets are fun too.

I have been on a carrot binge lately.  I made carrot muffins last week, and I made carrot cake pancakes yesterday.  I need a brake from grating carrots, especially since my roommates grater is broken.

This was a yummy, spring salad.  The original recipe came from another blog called Add a Pinch.  I added coconut, walnuts, and green onions to her recipe.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Carrot, Coconut, and Pineapple Muffins

This is the perfect spring breakfast.  For some reason, carrots seem like a spring vegetable.

They're moist, tender, flavorful, and healthy.  A perfect way to start your day.  I like making a batch of muffin early in the week and then quickly grabbing them for breakfast for the rest of the week.

When I have a recipe with a high yield like this one, I like to place a few in the freezer.  

I replaced the eggs with egg whites, used less sugar, and substituted some of the oil with apple sauce.  These are probably the healthiest muffins ever, but don't worry, they really are luscious.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mediterranean Salad - Roti Imitation

One of my favorite fast food places to eat in DC is Roti.  Most of the time I get the same thing:  a salad with chicken kabob.  It's filling, toothsome, but still healthy.  

The salad comes with a side of roti bread.  I recently have been choosing the spicy S'hug sauce, though I really like the roasted red pepper sauce too.

I took this to work and ate it for lunch.  It held up well even though I made it the night before.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Crab Ceviche

Today felt like spring.  I went swimming for the first time since last fall, and my muscles feel a little tired.  The cherry blossom trees in Washington DC are in bloom.  I haven't seen them yet, but like a million other people, I'll probably go tomorrow.

Ceviche is eaten throughout Central and South America.  It is supposed to be made with raw seafood cured in lemon or lime juice.  Wikipedia says it originated in Peru.

Wikipedia also said ceviche is traditionally eaten with sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain.  I did not.  I ate it with lentil chips.  They weird, but I enjoyed them.  They were much healthier than tortilla chips.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chocolate Cookie with Mini Cadbury Eggs

Have you ever heard of Meet Up?  Today I went to my first Meet Up group.  They have groups for statistics, socializing, assorted languages, hiking, and a bunch of other stuff.  I went to a group that meets up for around an hour and talks in Spanish.

I didn't know what to expect.  All of the people in the group were complete strangers, but it was fun.  I never practice Spanish in my daily life so this will help me keep my Spanish from becoming rusty.

I am calling these Easter cookies because they have mini Cadbury chocolate eggs in them.  It works.  I used by favorite chocolate cookie recipe.  I have added peanut butter candies and coconut flakes to this recipe in the past.  It's golden